Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Thurman Squiemphen, who died in an automobie accident May 11, was born on April 17, 1972, in Toppenish, Wash.
He was a tribal member of the Yakama Nation. His parents are Terry and Gladys Squiemphen. Grandparents are Earl and Rita Squiemphen and Atwal Hazel Canapa and Oliver Meninick Sr.
Thurman was raised in Warm Springs with brothers Vernon and Phillip. He went to grade school in Warm Springs and junior high and high school in Madras. He graduated from Madras High School in 1990. He recently graduated from Mt. Hood Community College in the Fisheries Program.
Thurman excelled in cross country in high school, lettering all four years. At the tender age of 13, Thurman was inducted into the Hood To Coast Relay and ran every year since.
Once out of high school, he took an interest in Rodeo, participating in roping, Wild Horse Race, Saddle Bronc and Endurance races. He was also a hunter, providing elk and deer meat for the elders, a fisherman (pole and dip netting), and liked to camp. Another favorite sport of his was basketball. He played in a lot of youth tournaments with brothers Vernon and Phillip and his many cousins.
On July 4, 2000, Thurman married Donnetta, surrounded by all of their family and friends. He was a loving father to Alisia, Trevdon and Kimiko, as well as uncle to Marjorie.
Thurman was known as an easygoing guy, with a great sense of humor and a friendly smile for everyone. He made friends easily. All who knew him will miss him.
Hood River resident Ray Edward Vanderslice died May 26, 2003, at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital. He was 72 years of age. Arrangements are pending at Anderson’s Tribute Center 541-386-1000.
Vancouver, Wash., resident and former Hood River, Ore., resident Cynthia “Cindy” Lee Henry died May 26, 2003, at her home in Vancouver, Wash. She was 54 years of age. Please call Anderson’s Tribute Center at 541-386-1000 for service times.
Rev. Kelsey Norman Clear, 72, a pastor in The Dalles for 39 years died at the local hospital of a sudden illness, on Saturday, May 24, 2003.
He was born Oct. 26, 1930, in Evening Shade, Ark., the oldest of three children to Clifford and Leila Ann (Watson) Clear.
Viewing visitation will be held at Spencer, Libby & Powell Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 28, from 2 to 7 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Memorial services will be held at Covenant Christian Community, 2630 East 18th St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 29. Private burial will be held at Parklawn Cemetery.
A full obituary will appear in the May 31 edition.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge